IN CHILE THERE'S A SAYING – UNDER EVERY STONE THERE'S A POET
LANDING PRESS WANTS TO TURN OVER THE STONES AND FIND POETS EVERYWHERE
At Landing Press, we want to make poetry part of everyday life. We want to give a voice to people who don’t have much voice. We want to turn over all those stones and find all those poets.
To do this, we look for poets in all kinds of places and publish poetry books that we hope all kinds of people will enjoy. We produce and promote both printed poetry and poetry that goes off the page – spoken, performed, filmed, sung…
Image: The Landing Press team, 2022.
From left: Roman Ratcliff, Rebecca Chester, Joan Begg, Wesley Hollis, Adrienne Jansen
Landing Press is a poetry press set up in 2016 by Adrienne Jansen, carina gallegos, and Milena Stoysavljevic in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand.
When we set up our press we wanted to reach people who don't read much poetry, as well as those who read it and love it. We wanted to break the myth that poetry is an elitist and difficult thing.
It was a great surprise when our first book, Keel & Drift by Adrienne Jansen, was one of the NZ Herald’s’ best books for 2016, and featured in Best NZ Poems 2016. And then in 2018 our book All of Us, which focussed on the experiences of refugees and migrants to Aotearoa New Zealand, was longlisted for the Ockham NZ Book Awards.
Landing Press is a not-for-profit publisher run by a highly-skilled team of volunteers. We’re small – seven books published and the eighth is on the way – but they’re small books going big places.
The name Landing Press is a tribute to an early settler family who are the ancestors of this small publishing house. The name comes from The Landing, in the Catlins area of Otakau, where the Hayward family settled. They were seafarers who later made their home in Ōtepoti Dunedin and became prominent in civic affairs and in education. Like many other settlers in this country, they brought a love of learning and of words.
We sometimes do call outs for specific projects. Please check our NEWS & EVENTS page to see if we currently have any call outs. Otherwise we don't accept general submissions.